Dispelling False Myths About Sun Protection.

Always use it is a duty to your skin.

There are many false myths about sun protection, but only one truth: SPF protection is important at all times of the year.

It is the first and most important anti-ageing protection factor: a real must-have in every skincare routine for each of the twelve months.

Sunscreen should always be your best friend, not only in summer, but also in the long, dark winter months.  You should know that severe sun damage is not always visible to the naked eye and can affect you all the time. Even in January.

That’s why, in the vision of Korean cosmetics company Miloon, sunscreen is considered an essential step that can help you prevent the onset of wrinkles and sunspots, among other serious consequences.

Where do sunscreen myths come from?

Let’s be honest. There must be more than one reason why so many myths about sunscreen still survive today, and this fundamental step in any beauty regime is considered the Cinderella of all cosmetic steps even, unfortunately, by many newcomers to Korean cosmetics.

These can be categorised into two major groups:

Stale Cultural Stereotypes.
The increase of cosmetic technology of sunscreens, primarily Korean sunscreens.
Stale Cultural Stereotypes.

We could blame a number of stale cultural stereotypes, which see the application of sunscreen as a threat to proper vitamin D levels.

For the generations that came before us, where poverty, malnutrition and rickets were real threats, the sun was always considered an indispensable (and cheap) ally of any healthy lifestyle and the rule “Better to Abund” applied.

This is confirmed by the popularity of beauty ideals based on wild tanning in the 89s and 90s.

Of course, in the past no one would have imagined such an increase in the aggressiveness of the sun’s rays, which, due to air pollution, are becoming more intense every year. Added to this is a change in habits linked to a considerable increase in average life expectancy, the quality of life and the search for greater care of one’s image, faithful to the motto Forever Young.

The fact is that obtaining sufficient levels of vitamin D today is easier than many people think. Firstly, by using

a balanced diet
vitamin supplements
an active lifestyle that benefits from reasonable exposure to the sun (usually 5-10 minutes of exposure of hands, arms and face, twice a week).
The increase in cosmetic sun technology, primarily Korean sunscreens.

But without going into sociology, it is clear that a major push for the clearance of sunscreens comes from cosmetic technology. In fact, the often primordial level of these products has meant that people (Mediterranean people in particular) have lost faith in this very important ally for healthy skin. Who does not remember the thick layers of white residue left by creams after application which marked our childhood? And it’s not as if the sprays of the following years were really much better… with that alcoholic feeling on the skin.

But those times are a distant memory, thanks to the high level of technology in Korean cosmetics which, combined with research based on the best natural ingredients known to traditional Chinese medicine, means that Korean sunscreens are future (or should we say present) proof?

Sunscreen Myths You Should Stop Believing… If You Care About Your Skin.

But let’s take a look at the main false myths about sunscreens and debunk these old superstitions together. In the name of the supremacy of Korean and clean cosmetics over more generalist cosmetics.

Myth #1: All sunscreens are oily, sticky and leave a strange film on the face.

FALSE! Korean sunscreens boast maximum protection with minimum visibility. They have a milky, essence-like consistency and are well absorbed by the skin.  They provide protection from the sun’s rays without having to rub too hard to apply them, which could lead to a deterioration of the skin’s structure and, paradoxically, the appearance of wrinkles.

Myth #2: Sunscreen is not needed when the sky is cloudy.

FALSE! SPF should always be the last step in your morning routine, regardless of the outside temperature or weather. UVA and UVB rays can penetrate the layer of grey clouds. And the worst damage from the sun is the kind you don’t see right away.

Myth #3: Don’t mix sunscreens of different brands and different SPF ratings or the coverage won’t be effective and you’ll end up with a patchy tan.

FALSE! We generally don’t put enough sunscreen on. Periodically you will always have to reapply another round of sunscreen (usually every two hours, but this depends on the SPF value, as you can read here). Avoid skipping the application if it is not exactly the same brand/SPF ! Any sunscreen is great, you can layer different brands and SPFs. Just make sure they are with SPF 30 or higher.

Myth #4: SPF in powder form, such as a foundation is really effective.

FALSE! There’s no doubt that your SPF powder is helping to protect you. However, it may not be enough. Do you spend a lot of time in direct contact with the sun? Then consider these powder sunscreens for additional protection. They are great for touch-ups during the day, but are of little use if the exposure is direct and persistent. By the way: if you use this make-up, always remember to apply sunscreen to cover your entire face.

Myth #5: If you overlap an SPF 40 with an SPF 15, the protective capacity of the protection becomes SPF 55.

FALSE! You will never get SPF 55 sunscreen, as sunscreens do not work additively. But you must remember that if you layer several SPFs, you must let them absorb completely before adding the next one. Sunscreens are tested to give the protection corresponding to the indicated SPF in relation to an application made on clean skin without anything on top. That’s why it’s a good idea to make sure, if possible, that the sunscreen is the last thing you wear: to make sure it works. Dermatologists recommend not using anything below SPF 30. This is the only way you can be sure that you always have minimally adequate protection.

Myth #6: Chemical sunscreen needs direct sunlight to activate.

FALSE! Chemical sunscreens work without this, but they actually break down over time due to exposure to direct sunlight, hence the need to reapply. To find out how they work in detail and the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens, you can read this article where we go into detail on this “hot” topic.

The moment at which sunscreen is applied also influences its effectiveness. This is why they are always applied as the last step. If you have to apply make-up on top of the sunscreen, wait a few minutes for the sunscreen to set and don’t rub or stir the make-up too much.  When reapplying, make sure you apply it before coming into contact with sunlight.

Myth #7: Chemical sunscreen is not good for your skin.

FALSE! The choice between chemical or physical sunscreen depends solely on the characteristics of your skin. Precisely because of the unique characteristics of each of us, you should always test to make sure your choice is the right one. Bottom line: don’t be afraid to try new sunscreens from time to time.


In this post we have examined the most common sun myths. Remember that skin protected from the sun is not only beautiful. It’s also healthy. Make sure you always use it and follow these simple rules, because if these myths are false, there is a real danger that you are not using sunscreen.


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